Thank you for the suggestion. Found the DAC 2496 (AK4393) DAC KIT with CS8416+AK4393+5532 thread on DiyAudio (all 258 pages), quite the following. Have lots of reading to do.
Also found a fun thread Giant-killer Budget ebay Wonder DAC, made me laugh
that's one can be lampized too
If $120 is considered inexpensive, how about the pupDac?
I'm about to get one of these myself to try. :)